The Trach is done

When I started my trip with Cancer I was told by my doctor that it is highly recommended that I get a tracheotomy in place in case the tumor grows during radiation.  At first, I was doubtful about it until I saw it on camera how big the tumor was in my throat which was all the convincing I needed.  My cancer had grown to such an extent that it covered half of my airway.

Getting the trach in place was no fun.  Previously, I wrote how they had to stick a tube down my throat first.  Well, this tube pretty much blocked all of my airway so for a few seconds I couldn’t breathe, but I remember that once it was in place that I would be knocked out which is exactly what happened.  I remembered that I tried to relax and wait for them to knock me out.  The initial size of the trach was a size 6, which is pretty big.

Now the issue with the trach is that it interferes with the swallowing function, not a whole lot but it does interfere.  Having a size 6 trach is also very uncomfortable so I was happy when it was downgraded to a size 4.  Size 4 trach is the smallest trach size and I was happy for it.  It wasn’t as bothersome to swallow with it on but I knew it was there.  Now the joy of having a trach is that I can open it up while I was sleeping and it was an easy cure for my sleep apnea.  You talk about some of the best sleep I received.  However, in order to take the trach out, I had to show that I have kept it capped for at least 2 weeks.  So much for good sleep.

When they took the trach out, the doctors told me that it will close up on its on naturally. I was given special gauze and tape to place over the hole and every time I coughed, sneezed, drank, eat, or talk, I had to apply pressure on the outside so that air won’t escape from the hole.  Sometimes I was successful and other times I wasn’t, it was difficult to find the hole as it was shrinking.

Earlier this week, I just felt like the hole in my neck had closed up.  And sure enough, today as we changed out bandages, it has.  I tried breathing out of it by holding my breathe to no effect.  However, it still looked a little raw so we still placed a bandage over it just to allow it to heal more.

I am so grateful for this event.  It means my body is healing one step at a time.  Next is my ability to eat more food and be cancer free.  As always, I am grateful for your prayers, good thoughts and kind words.

Author: danielgarcia3

Retired Military Officer who is now fighting the good fight against Cancer

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